Carsley and Reid out of Irish squad

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The Everton midfielder Lee Carsley and the Blackburn Rovers new boy Steven Reid have been withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for tomorrow's friendly international against Australia at Lansdowne Road.

Carsley has a knee-ligament injury while Reid has an ankle problem which kept him out of Rovers' victory over newly promoted Wolves at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Australia will be without the Rangers defender Craig Moore after he suffered a hamstring injury in his club's 1-1 draw in the Champions' League qualifying tie with Copenhagen at Ibrox last Wednesday.

Scotland will be without Motherwell's James McFadden for Wednesday's match with Norway. The 20-year-old striker has a groin problem that also forced him to miss the 1-0 defeat at Livingston on Saturday.

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